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The Far Horizons (1955)

Not Rated | | History, Western | 4 July 1955 (UK)
After purchasing Louisiana from France, the USA sends surveyors Lewis and Clark, assisted by a Shoshone guide, to chart the new territory.

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Rudolph Maté
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Fred MacMurray ... Captain Meriwether Lewis
Charlton Heston ... Lt. William Clark
Donna Reed ... Sacajawea
Barbara Hale ... Julia Hancock
William Demarest ... Sgt. Gass
Alan Reed ... Charboneau
Eduardo Noriega ... Cameahwait
Larry Pennell ... Wild Eagle
Argentina Brunetti ... Old Crone
Julia Montoya Julia Montoya ... Crow woman
Ralph Moody ... Le Borgne
Herbert Heyes ... President Thomas Jefferson
Lester Matthews ... Mr. Hancock
Helen Wallace ... Mrs. Marsha Hancock
Walter Reed ... Cruzatte (helmsman)
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Storyline

United States has just acquired Louisiana from France. An expedition led by Lewis and Clark is sent to survey the territory and go where no white man has gone before. Are they able to overcome the dangers with the help of Sacajawea? Written by Timo Lamminjoki <lamminjo@pcu.helsinki.fi>

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America's boldest adventure !

Genres:

History | Western

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 July 1955 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Blue Horizons See more »

Filming Locations:

Jackson Hole, Wyoming, USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$1,600,000
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Rereleased in black-and-white, not color. See more »

Goofs

During her talk with Sacajawea, Julia calls The President's Mansion "The White House". The scene takes place in 1806; the earliest reference to The President's Mansion being called "The White House" is in 1811. See more »

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Featured in The Colgate Comedy Hour: Episode #5.31 (1955) See more »

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Nice western movie and vehicle for stars McMurray, Heston, and Reed.
11 March 2000 | by TxMikeSee all my reviews

"The Far Horizons", made in 1955, is based on the 1803 to 1806 Lewis and Clark expedition to discover a water route from St Louis to the Pacific ocean. It is a nice vehicle for the three stars of the movie.

Fred McMurray had already made 70 movies, and Donna Reed 35 movies, when they made this one. Charlton Heston had only made 13 prior, and a age 30, this one was made right before he became a giant star in the "biblical" series of movies.

Shortly after this movie, McMurray went on to star in the TV series "My Three Sons", and likewise Donna Reed in the "Donna Reed Show" TV series. In this movie, at age 34, she plays the teenage Sacajawea, and does it very well.

Recall that in the 50s most western movies played on the "savage Indian" theme and this one fits that description too. The writer and director took lots of "literary license" with the Lewis and Clark story so it is not to be considered historically accurate. Still, it gives a good, meaningful dramatization of a great historical event in the USA.

In addition, most of the journey filming was done at or near the original Lewis and Clark trail, and the movie contains great scenery of mountains and rivers.

Overall I found the movie very enjoyable, 7 of 10, and fun to watch such veteran actors in a movie almost 50 years ago. And especially since the USA just this year (2000) released the new one-dollar coin commemorating Sacajawea.


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